Hunter Keith, a 17-year-old transgender teen and a longtime participant in Keshet’s LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton, appears in the current issue of the National Geographic, titled ‘Gender Revolution.’ In the photo, Hunter is holding his skateboard, which prominently features Keshet’s own “LGBTQ Jewish Safe Zone” sticker.
Hunter Keith’s picture was published as a part of an article by Robin Marantz Henig, titled How Science Is Helping Us Understand Gender, and navigates the shifting landscape that is gender identity.
Assigned female at birth, Hunter Keith, 17, has felt himself to be a boy since fifth grade. By seventh grade he told his friends; by eighth grade he told his parents. Two weeks before this photo was taken, his breasts were removed. Now he relishes skateboarding shirtless in his Michigan neighborhood.
“I am deeply grateful to National Geographic for profiling Hunter and for giving voice to people’s varied experiences of gender at a time of heightened transphobia, misogyny, and sexism,” said Idit Klein, Executive Direcror of Keshet. “Certainly, a single magazine issue will not solve the challenges trans and gender non-conforming people face in the United States and around the world, but the Gender Revolution is something to celebrate.”